Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: Report, Ratings & Reaction

Alexandre Lacazette earned Arsenal a deserved point as the Gunners drew 1-1 against Liverpool in the Premier League, after James Milner had put Jürgen Klopp’s side ahead.

The first big chance of the game fell Arsenal’s way in the 15th minute as Henrikh Mkhitaryan beat Alisson to a header, but could only direct his effort wide of an empty net.

Just two minutes later, Liverpool had the ball in the net after Roberto Firmino’s effort rebounded off the post and into Sadio Mané’s path, who gratefully tapped in. However, the Senegalese attacker was deemed to have been offside.

In the 44th minute, Virgil Van Dijk saw his header bounce agonisingly off the post after Bernd Leno found himself in no man’s land following a Liverpool free kick.

In the 61st minute Liverpool took the lead. Mané’s cross in from the left was palmed out by Leno only into the path of James Milner who hammered a low strike past the Arsenal keeper’s despairing dive.

Liverpool conceded a late equaliser in the 82nd minute as Alexandre Lacazette nipped in ahead of Alisson before cutting back onto his right-foot and unleashing an unstoppable, curling effort into the corner.


ARSENAL

Key Talking Point

Arsenal’s poor record against the top six in recent seasons continued at the start of this season, with back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea. Therefore, despite their impressive unbeaten streak since then, there were question marks over how the Gunners would perform against Liverpool.

The performance against the Reds highlighted the influence of Unai Emery this season. Arsenal were sturdy at the back and often fluent going forward, earning a deserved point. The Gunners are certainly moving in the right direction and are no longer mere flat-track bullies.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Leno (5), Bellerin (7), Mustafi (7), Holding (7), Kolasinac (6), Torreira (8*), Xhaka (7), Mkhitaryan (7), Özil (5), Aubameyang (7), Lacazette (8)

Substitutes: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey (6), Smith Rowe, Iwobi (7), Welbeck (6)


STAR MAN – Summer signing Lucas Torreira was the stand-out player for Arsenal against Liverpool. The Gunners have been crying out for a combative midfielder for years and they seem to have finally found one in the Uruguayan.

 

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